An important last minute Guest update. Samurai Dan and his group will be returning to AnimeIowa this year. You probably remember their eccentric samurai performances and informative historical discussions. To learn more about them and our other guests for 2013 see the Guests page.
Once again this year we are hosting a Cosplay Chess event. It’s Cosplayer against Cosplayer in a deadly game of
Wizard’s Cosplay Chess. Two teams compete on a giant chess board in the hotel patio. There is a big game to be held on Sunday at 1pm. BUT WE NEED YOU! We need cosplayers and chess players to sign-up for the event. The sign-up form can be found on the Cosplay Chess page.
The theme of this chess game is School vs Non-school: characters from anime based in schools pitted against characters from anime that take place outside of school.
Here are the planned hours for the Registration Table where you may register or pick up your Pre-Registration Badge for AnimeIowa 2013. Once again, at-con price is $70 at the door and Sponsor badges will NOT be available, those are Pre-Registration only. You will not need to worry about the registration cap this year.
Don’t forget about Pre-Registration for AnimeIowa 2014 which you can get for a special Pre-Registration rate.
Sunday Pre-Reg is from 3-6pm at the Reg desk and then 6-10pm at the Bridge.
A final Guest update, we are excited to host illustrator Jenn Blake at AnimeIowa 2013. Learn more on the Guests page.
With the convention drawing near, AnimeIowa’s Consweet (formerly Consuite) department would like to remind everyone to give some thought as to what they will be eating that weekend. While your convention badge does grant you free snacks and soda at the Consweet, snacks are no substitute for a real meal! AnimeIowa strongly endorses the 5-2-1 rule (five hours of sleep, two full meals, and one shower minimum every day). See this link for a list of restaurants near the Coralville Marriott, many within walking distance!
For more information check out the Consweet Forum thread.
We are happy to announce that this year at AnimeIowa we will be using the Guidebook smartphone app in addition to our usual Program Guide. This app allows you to make a custom schedule of events, receive live updates, get schedule notifications, view maps and other convention information, and more! The app is has a iOS, Android, and browser version. You simply install the Guidebook app on your mobile device and download the AnimeIowa guide. More details will be announces when the our final guide is published.
Just a reminder to all AMV editors that the deadline for AMV Contest Submissions is July 10th. Check out the AMV Contest page for rules and submission instructions.
The “second chance” ends on Monday, June 24, and we still have a few open Single King rooms! What does this mean? Well~ it means that if you are not staying at the Marriott because it was full when you tried getting in, you may have the opportunity to get in now! If you would like a Single King room, email me by July 1st and we can discuss getting you a room at the Marriott! On the waiting list for a Double Queen room? If you’d be interested in changing your request to a Single King then we will be taking those contacts as well!
These rooms are few in number, so it will be first come, first serve. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send your name, we can work on getting you into the room block and filling our vacancies.
We no longer have any Thursday night vacancies, but we have a few rooms open for Friday and Saturday nights and a handful for Sunday. After July 1st, we will not be accepting any more requests for rooms, so the sooner you get yourself in, the sooner you could be staying at the Marriott!
Also check out the forum discussion.
A quick note that Anime Marketplace is no longer accepting Merchant and Artisan submissions and the list of confirmed Merchants and Artisans has been posted to the Anime Marketplace page.